Charley Gallingher Aaron, the oldest son of Samuel Henry and Caroline Aaron, was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1862. At two years of age, the family moved to Kewanee, Illinois, and three years later they moved to Franklin, Kentucky, where Samuel practiced his trade as a wagon-maker.
At the age of eighteen, Charley had served his apprenticeship as a barber, and moved west to Andover, Kansas, to open a shop. In 1890 he married Bertha Keeran and to them was born one son. Four days later both his wife and son died. In 1895 he married Eudora E. Allen, and they moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he continued his practice.
Charley Galligher Aaron Eudora Emaline Aaron
Their first child, Maude, died at the age of two. In 1898 Charley Henry Aaron was born. Two years later the family moved in a covered wagon to Persimmon, in southern Woodward County, Oklahoma Territory.
In 1900 Claude Merle Aaron was born. Clyde Joseph Aaron was born in 1902. In that year Mr. Aaron had proved up a claim on a forty-acre tract three miles southeast of Persimmon and the family moved into their new home-a dugout. Income from the wheat crops, milk cows, and chickens supplemented income from the barbershop to support the family.
The next year the town of Persimmon was moved two miles east to be located on the new railroad. Construction had already begun and it seemed a certainty that the road would be built. A town site six blocks wide and ten blocks long was laid out. New businesses sprang up along the main streets and homes were moved built at the new location. The town was named Mutual.
Charley H., Claude and Clyde completed their grade school education at Sybil, a rural school southwest of town. A high school was not available at the time. Mr. Aaron barbered in Mutual for many years-first with Frank Newcomb and then in his own shop. He barbered with Amos Johnson in Vici from 1912 to 1917 and then back at Mutual in his own shop. He then barbered with Ernie Hand for several years, retiring in 1934 after fifty years of practice.
Two other children were born to the family. Allen Arthur Aaron was born in 1912 and Frank Woodrow Aaron was born in 1915. They attended the Sybil and Hall rural schools before going to Mutual to high school.
Clyde found employment in 1918 as a machinist for the Rock Island Railroad at Liberal, Kansas. From 1920 to 1928 Claude and Charley took charge of the farming. The family moved to a farm four miles southeast of Mutual and with twenty head of mules they began farming 640 acres of wheat land. The family attended the Christian Church in Mutual where they were members. Mrs. Aaron taught the Women's Class in the Sunday School for many years.
In 1925 Charley Aaron married Phebe Smart, and they moved to Seiling to go into business. Three years later they moved to Woodward where he managed a filling station and other related businesses for many years. To them were born three sons; Lynn Charles Aaron, Leo Eldon Aaron, and Kenneth Eugene Aaron.
Aaron Brothers. Front: Charley A. and Frank W.
Back: Allen A. and Clyde M.
In 1928 Claude married Elsie Maupin and they moved to Woodward to live. The remaining family then moved to Mutual where Mrs. Aaron opened a café which she operated until 1936 when she moved the business to Sharon. In 1941 she retired.
In 1930 Claude and his wife separated. On the date of the Black Dirt Storm, April 14, 1935, Claude moved to California where he married Arline Ellingstan. They had one child, Beatrice Ruth Aaron-Conner.
Both Allen and Frank graduated from Mutual High School. Clyde married Hazel Buckner in Liberal, Kansas. That same year Allen married Anna Elizabeth Hartle of Mutual. To them were born three children: Allene Ann Aaron-Lisle, Fred Charles Aaron, and Frank Stephen Aaron. Allen and Anna graduated from Northwestern State College in 1942 and Allen received his Masters Degree in Education from Phillips University, Enid, in 1951. Together they gave sixty-eight years to the education of boys and girls in the state of Oklahoma. Allen was a superintendent of schools for twenty-four of those years and an elementary principal for ten years.
Frank Woodrow Aaron was married to Marion Davis of Gage, Oklahoma. To them were born three children: Frank Woodrow Aaron, Jr., Susan Kay Aaron-Heard and Charles Michael Aaron. Frank and Marion now live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Charley and Phebe and Allen and Anna now live in Woodward.
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